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I can scarcely wait till tomorrow

when a new life begins for me,

as it does each day,

as it does each day.

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Night Beyond Black

MoonPath Press, 2016

Lois Parker Edstrom


Book CoverNight Beyond Black pushes through the limits of the given – color, light, natural world, experience – to question what lies beyond with level-headed intelligence and, always, kindness. Edstrom's language is devoid of pretension yet elegant and precise, like the inside of a beehive. She shares with Stanley Kunitz, a way of perception that is equal measures playfulness and gravitas, rooted on the soil around them, open-canopied. Having been 'recommended to poetry' perhaps later than she would have liked, Edstrom delivers a full-length collection unrushed, mature, and as resplendent as the sea light she so loves.

— Lorraine Healy

Author of The Habit of Buenos Aires & Abraham's Voices


Suffused with Nature's palette, the aptly titled Night Beyond Black is a delicately nuanced poetic exploration of shifting darks and lights, sometimes as interpreted by visual artists (Edouard Manet), other writers (Richard Wilbur), and always originating from her inner impulses. With this contemporary re-picturing of the Romantic sensibility, Edstrom's collection enriches us all.

—Whitney Scott

TallGrass Writers Guild President


The poems of Night Beyond Black 'dip below the surface of a life, go deep' to explore a world where 'silence sings' and 'a flock of birds turns/flashing a dark underside.' Through wilderness, grief, and undulating fields of wheat, Edstrom leads, along paths of insight and wild violets.

—Ronda Broatch

Author of Lake of Fallen Constellations


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